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Where to Pick Apples in the Bay Area

Apples

Apple Picking Season, Photos by Dana Rebmann

Within a short drive of the City, there are plenty of places to pick apples or just stock up on all the sweet things that are made from them! Hours and apple supplies can always change, so it’s a good idea to call before you head out the door.

Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch

Some folks claim Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch has the best apple juice they’ve ever tasted. So plan on picking up some after you pick apples for just $1 a pound.Closed on Saturdays. 13128 Occidental Road, 707-823-0538

Hale’s Apple Farm

There was a time when folks used to be able to pick their own apples, but so many tried to take them up on the idea that the farm couldn’t accommodate everyone, so the family run farm does the picking for you now. Pack a cooler, so you can bring home apple cider and plenty of apples. An added bonus; in October the redwood barn practically overflows with pumpkins and assorted squash of every shape, size and color. Hale’s Apple Farm, 1526 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, 707-823-4613

Shopping tip: Andy’s Market is just across the street. Go in and walk around and you’ll understand it’s not your average roadside fruit and veggie stand. Andy’s Market, 1691 N. Gravenstein Highway, Sebastopol, 707-823-8661

Apple Hill 

If you’re apple crazy, and willing to spend more time in the car Apple Hill is a group of 50 plus ranches located between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe, just east of Placerville and west of Pollock Pines on the north side of Highway 50. Download the Apple Hill maps to plan your day, and pack your patience, because you won’t be alone.